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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN 03/12/2013
Answering a question from Senator Wyden,
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 03/17/2013
Part 1: Wyden: if an intelligence agency wants to track an American inside the United States, how much evidence do they need? Clapper: First, particularly in the case of NSA and CIA, there are strictures against tracking American citizens in the United States for foreign intelligence purposes. And that’s what those agencies are set up to do.
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
MSNBCW 06/11/2013
answering Andrea Mitchell's 6/9/13 question about his 03/13/13 sworn Senate testimony denying US collects information on millions of Americans, calling it
Tim Huelskamp
U.S. Representative R-Kansas
FOXNEWSW 06/12/2013
Wyden: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on a million or hundreds of millions of Americans? Clapper: No, sir. Wyden: It does not? Clapper: Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly. Hannity: now, before I get to his clarification, was that a lie, congressman Huelskamp, in light of all we know at this moment? Huelskamp: It sure looks and sounds like a lie, Sean. What was astounding in a classified briefing say, hey, I had to tell you a lie. And the people deserve to know. We did not have to sacrifice our individual liberties for security. It's difficult job to do. But Nixon’s Attorney General and his Chief of Staff were convicted of lying to Congress and I think Clapper’s done the same thing here.
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
MSNBCW 07/03/2013
Mitchell: Can you explain what you meant when you said there was not data collection on millions of Americans? Clapper: well, the -- first, as I said, I have great respect for senator Wyden. I thought in retrospect, I was asked when are you going to stop beating your wife kind of question, which is meaning not answerable necessarily by a simple yes or no. So I responded in what I thought was the most truthful or least untruthful manner by saying no.
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN 09/12/2013
So let me move on to the second S, Snowden. Just to make the point, not a whistleblower. And as loathe as I am to give any credit for what has happened here, which is egregious, I think it is clear that some of the conversations that this has generated, some of the debate, is actually -- it probably needed to happen. Perhaps it is unfortunate it did not happen some time ago. If there is a good side to this maybe that is it.
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN 09/12/2013
One of the things we are doing, obviously, is to try to open up and be more transparent and explain to people what we are doing. It is very clear that to the extent we keep the tools at all it will be legislatively amended. We can do with more oversight that would give people more confidence in what we are doing.
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN 09/26/2013
We will continue to declassify more documents. That is what the American people want and what thePpresident has asked us to do and I personally believe it is the only way we can reassure our citizens that their intelligence community is using its tools and authorities appropriately. The rules and oversight that govern us ensure that we do what the people want us to do, which is protect our nation security and our people's liberties.
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN 09/26/2013
We do not spy on anyone except for valid foreign intelligence purposes and we only work within the law. On occasion, as you stated, we have made mistakes, some quite significant. But these are usually caused by human error or technical problems. And whenever we’ve found mistakes, we reported, addressed and corrected them. The National Security Sgency specifically, as part of the U.S. intelligence community, and broadly, is an honorable institution.
Mark Udall
Senator (D-Colorado) Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 09/26/2013
Udall: In the spirit of transparency General, would you agree to declassify the whole history of the bulk collection program? Clapper: Not having read it, i would like to take it off the record. As a general premise, i think we are pushing transparency, and we will declassify as much as we can. I would rather read these documents and get some advice from general counsel about it. Udahl: My time is running out. I have many many more questions
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